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Venezuela Maduro's 'Despacito' political remix backfires quickly

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 01:15

Nicolas Maduro has faced criticism in Venezuela after his attempt to use popular music hit 'Depacito' in his political campaign backfired. Jane Witherspoon reports

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When politicians try to pass themselves off as popstars. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro's attempt to use Latin hit "Despacito" - to inject some cool into his controversial new congress has backfired quickly. Maduro's unpopular leftist government released a remixed version to encourage Venezuelans to vote for the Constituent Assembly, which will have powers to rewrite the national charter and supersede other institutions. A grinning and clapping Maduro called out to the crowd, which responded in approval. But it hasn't gone down well with Puerto Rican singers Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee who've said they don't approve at all. Millions of Venezuelans have been staging months of protests against Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader narrowly elected to replace the late Hugo Chavez in 2013.

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Venezuela Maduro's 'Despacito' political remix backfires quickly

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 01:15